8-Day Single Traveler Tour to the Azores
Upon your arrival at Ponta Delgada International Airport on the island of Sao Miguel, you’ll be met by a driver and brought to your hotel in Ponta Delgada to drop your bags. The day is then yours to explore the cobblestone streets of the Azores’ largest city. Stroll down by the marina, visit the city gates, and wander through the marketplace. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with your singles group at the hotel.
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel for a day-long tour of the Furnas region. The first stop will be in the beautiful seaside town of Vila Franca do Campo to enjoy a cup of coffee and learn about the Islet national park. Next, you will visit Terra Nostra Park to visit the award-winning botanical garden and to take a dip in the geothermal pools. The tour continues to Lagoa das Furnas, where you will be able to watch your traditional lunch of cozido das furnas being prepared with the geothermal energy in the ground. After lunch, you will continue to Miradouro do Ferro, a look-out point where you will see the archipelago’s oldest crater. On your return journey to Ponta Delgada, you’ll stop at the oldest tea plantation in Europe and at Miradouro de Santa Iria to take in the breathtaking views.
Your half-day excursion begins with a stop at a pineapple plantation to learn more about how the island’s delicious fruit is grown. After the visit, you will explore the western part of the island, stopping at some of the most scenic look-out points, including Vista do Rei, where you’ll see the iconic blue and green lakes and the village of Sete Cidades set in a large crater.
Today is yours to spend however you would like. Sleep in, take a dip in the hotel pool, or stroll through the old town. See Forte de São Brás, a Renaissance style fortress dating back to 1552 that now is home to the Azores military history museum. We recommend a visit to the Carlos Machado Museum, a former convent, offering exhibits on history and local art. Then take a walk over to the Jardim António Borges, an urban botanical garden that has free entry and is just a few minutes from the old town center.
After a quick inter-island flight to Terceira, you will be met by a private driver and taken to your hotel in Angra do Heroísmo. Terceira was the third island of the Azores to be discovered by the Portuguese and is home to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Angra do Heroísmo. This evening, enjoy strolling the lilac filled streets and find a local restaurant to try the island’s signature dish, Alcatra - pot roast cooked slowly in a traditional clay pot.
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel to tour this gorgeous island known for all its festivities. Along the scenic route, you’ll have the opportunity to visit small villages, as well as tour the island’s oldest settlement, Sao Sebastiao. Before returning to your hotel, you’ll visit the Algar do Cavão lava tube and stop in the town of Biscoitos to visit the wine cellars and taste the local wines. The evening is yours to enjoy the city.
Today is your last full day in the Azores and yours to spend however you see fit. We recommend a visit to Museu de Angra do Heroísmo, featuring collections centered on the early settlement, military, history, and folk traditions of the Azores. Be sure to also see the Cathedral of Angra do Heroísmo, the largest building in all of the Azores, known for its two beautiful bell towers.